Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Coming Up This Week

After a week spent celebrating our fifth anniversary, we turn a little somber this week for some unknown reason(too much cake?). In fact, in our planning session(which involves the Foxes leaning over a table filled with maps and one of us wielding a stick to point at them), we nicknamed this as a grim week. That’s with one M, so nothing about fairy tales, which would be another kind of grim altogether.
But just because our offerings may be grim, they are no less interesting. We have short stories, a memoir and a post ripped from the headlines. And you can always leave a cheery comment to brighten things up.

Monday- Jackie peers at Joseph Conrad’s classic The Secret Sharer.

Tuesday- Kate reviews a historical memoir of the tortured invalid life of Henry James’s sister.

Thursday- Anne discovers a whole swathe of folks both literary and grim in Robin Black’s short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This.

Friday- Leena is intrigued by a Finnish self-publishing scandal and wonders what it says about the moral responsibilities of fiction in the social media.

Moody b&w photograph borrowed from

4 comments on “Coming Up This Week

  1. Melrose
    October 21, 2012

    ooo, that does sound grim… in an eclectic sort of fashion!

  2. annebrooke
    October 21, 2012

    I really love that pic too! 🙂

  3. Jackie
    October 21, 2012

    But why is that person sitting on the bench in the rain? Isn’t the bench wet? Therefore their clothing would get wet, why don’t they hurry home to some hot chocolate?

  4. Moira
    October 22, 2012

    Ah Jackie. Some people – like me – enjoy sitting in the rain. Weird, but true.

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)